President’s Message – February 2017

Greetings DAORN Members,


Thank you to those who attended our January Meeting at St. Anthony’s in person and via Ready Talk.  Special thanks to the St. Anthony’s team for our venue and dinner. We had a great presentation related to patient warming from our 3M partners.  Thank you Patricia Devens.


Our business meeting was productive with the approval of our list of delegates as well as approving our ballot of officers for next year.  Thank you so much to the great work from our nominating committee.  And thank you to those members who have chosen to support our chapter in a leadership role.  Can anyone recall having a ballot and voting completed so early?


How many of you were involved with the amazing Woman’s March the day after the inauguration?  I did not attend but was moved by the numbers of women and men who participated and exercised their voice for equality.  As perioperative nurses we have the important responsibility to exercise our voice in speaking up for our patients as well as ourselves to provide a safe environment to deliver safe care. We also have the responsibility to use our voice and collaborate with our national officers. Plan to participate in the next AORN Virtual Town Hall and special business meeting February 21, 5pm MT. You can hear about the proposed bylaw changes that will be voted on at the Surgical Expo in Boston. As well you can be part of the approval process for the AORN position statements on Responsibility for Mentoring and Patient Safety.  To vote on these statements you must register for the meeting and can do so through the AORN website.  This opportunity really allows for you to have a voice.  And as our theme for the year is the Power of You, I urge you to use your voice.

I hope to see you at our next meeting hosted by Children’s Hospital February 9th at 1730

Remember you can always call in for both the education and business portion.  Our education topic will be Pediatric Colorectal Surgery.

1-866-740-1260 Access Code 5177749


Upcoming Activities:

  • Nurses at the Museum, Saturday February 25th  8am to 2pm.  Contact Sharon Luhrs for details and to let her know you plan to help.
  • Save the Date- April 21-DAORN Workshop and Vendor Fair
  • Save the Date- April 30th – Deadline to accept the Bill Lord Scholarship applications
  • Save the Date- June 12-DAORN Bill Lord Golf Tournament-Start Talking it up



Lesia Hatlestad

DAORN President